Kelly Sherrill Linkous

Kelly Sherrill Linkous
Assistant Professor, Educational Administration
‭(571) 553-3772

Kelly Sherrill Linkous, Esq., J.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) program. Dr. Sherrill Linkous coordinates, advises and directs the EAPS doctoral program at all three program locations: VSTC/Ashburn, Alexandria Center, and Hampton Roads Center.

She teaches “School Law and Policy,” as well as “Leadership, Power and Education” (a first-semester doctoral course), Critical Review of the Literature (a fifth semester doctoral course), and the “Pre-Dissertation Seminar” (a sixth and seventh semester doctoral course where students write Chapters 1-3 of their dissertation). She has chaired or is chairing a total of 34 dissertation studies.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous has received numerous teaching awards at GW. For three consecutive years (2012, 2013 and 2014), Dr. Sherrill Linkous was one of fewer than 10 professors nominated for the university-wide Honey S. Nashman “Spark-a-Life” Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, and she was the sole GSEHD nominee in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, Dr. Sherrill Linkous was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding GSEHD Faculty Award. And in 2013, Dr. Sherrill Linkous was nominated for the prestigious university-side Bender Outstanding Teaching Award.

Prior to joining GW as a faculty member, Dr. Sherrill Linkous practiced education law in Georgia and Virginia, where her affiliated firms represented (collectively) five large, metro-Atlanta school districts, many smaller, rural Georgia school districts, and over 80 of Virginia’s school districts, including Loudoun County Public Schools. Dr. Sherrill Linkous’ legal expertise includes special education law, First Amendment law, employment law, and other areas of law applicable and relevant to public schools.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous obtained her J.D. from GW in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia in 2009. She maintains her license to practice law in Virginia and Georgia, and continues to provide pro bono legal representation for education law matters on a case-by-case basis. She is also an active member of the Education Law Association and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, which specializes in serving children with autism and severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. She provides special education legal training to various public school divisions, including the DCPS Nonpublic Special Education Unit of OSSE.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous is also an Editorial Board member of the Education Law and Policy Review, a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, she serves as an Adoption Coordinator for the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P. Labrador Retriever rescue organization, where she and her husband also provide foster and medical care for rescue Labrador Retrievers. They share their home with their new daughter and four rescued dogs.


Dayton, J., & Sherrill Linkous, K. (Jan. 2015). WASHINGTON, D. C. LAW SUPPLEMENT: EDUCATION LAW – PRINCIPLES, POLICIES, AND PRACTICE, Pub: Create Space. (in press)

Dayton, J., & Sherrill Linkous, K. (Jan. 2015). VIRGINIA LAW SUPPLEMENT: EDUCATION LAW – PRINCIPLES, POLICIES, AND PRACTICE, Pub: Create Space. (in press)

Sherrill Linkous, K. (expected Winter 2015). Mother, may I? No you may not! The constitutionality of parental consent requirements for student participation in extracurricular activities and clubs, forthcoming EDUC. LAW & POL’Y R. (in press)

Sherrill, K., & Reichhardt, W. (2013). Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know, National Business Institute.

Sherrill, K. (May 2003). The equal access act and gay/straight clubs. Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

Sherrill, K. (August 2002). Judicial review: The supreme court broadens the scope of drug testing in public schools. The State Education Standard, 3(4).

Sherrill, K., & McQueen, K. (Winter 2001). The high price of campaign promises: Ill-conceived labor responsibility policy, 30 PUB. CONTRACT L. J. 267.

Commeyras, M., Sherrill, K., & Wuenker, K. (1996). Trusting students’ questions about literature: Stories across contexts in LIVELY DISCUSSIONS! FOSTERING ENGAGED READING, Int’l Reading Ass’n Pub.


Sherrill, K. (June 2004). May school districts require disclosure of an applicant’s social security number? Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

In the News

Dr. Kelly Sherrill Linkous co-led two sessions on School Law and Policy at the 55th Annual Education Policy Fellowship Seminar in Washington, DC on March 15, 2019. Over 300 educational leaders, policy makers, superintendents, and educators from around the nation attended the sessions, which featured Dr. Sherrill Linkous, Mark Walsh (Education Week), and Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez (Howard University).

Dr. Kelly Sherrill Linkous was one of only seven GW faculty members nominated for the 2017-18 university-wide Honey Nashman Faculty Member of the Year Award. This is Dr. Sherrill Linkous’ 7th consecutive nomination (winner, 2015). Nominations go to faculty members who have significantly impacted the holistic development of students, thus causing a “spark” of inspiration.